7 Apps to Jump Start Creativity in Science

By Christine Garland

Now that more and more schools all over the country are using Remind and getting into Bring Your Own Device Days (BYODD), teachers and administrators are paying close attention to today’s best STEM learning apps.

Here’s seven apps we think will tickle the neurons of you budding scientists.

1. Crayons Physics Deluxe

Crayons Physics Deluxe puts the little kids inside a virtual sandbox. Whatever they build comes to life. This creative lesson in engineering is sure to get them thinking outside the box!

2. Frog Dissection

Winner of multiple awards including the IEAR Best Science Award of 2010, Frog Dissection teaches kids about dissection without the chemicals and gore. By walking kids through a 3D dissection, high schoolers learn all about important organs and body function. In addition to keeping the classroom cleaner, Frog Dissection also gets rid of some of the ethical problems schools, parents, or students may have with the process of dissection.

3. Body Organs 4 Kids

Speaking of organs…Body Organs 4 Kids present kids with friendly looking, graphically appealing versions of the body’s major organs. Research questions and quizzes accompany each organ explanation, but app navigation is easier enough to let K-2 students do a little exploring on their own!

4. Science 360 for iPad

Science 360 for iPad is exactly as promised: A 360 way to view thousands of science-based photos. Designed by National Science Foundation (NSF) researchers and scientists, Science 360 for iPad allows for streaming and social media sharing. What a great way to let kids express enthusiasm for what they’re learning!

5. Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference

Give the dinosaur lovers unbridled access to this National Geographic-based app. With more than 700 dinosaurs and activities to choose from, they’ll be spewing out endless facts about these long lost fascinations. The National Science Teachers Association (NTSA) recently named Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12.

6. Molecules

Molecules lets high school kids explore the world’s smallest building blocks with their fingers. These 3-D renderings help students understand complicated molecular structures.

7. Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy

Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy scans the sky for constellations….and then tells you what they are. While we understand kids go home before dark, this app is a great learning tool for those participating in a Boy Scout campout or a school-sponsored trip to the woods.